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Rwandan gospel singer makes groundbreaking decision to come out publicly as gay

Albert Nabonibo is bravely challenging perceptions in a country where LGBTQ persecution remains widespread.

By Will Stroude

A Rwandan gospel singer has made the groundbreaking decision to come out publicly as gay.

Albert Nabonibo, 35, told the BBC he wanted to do his bit to normalise gay people in a country where LGBTQ persecution and stigma remains rife, despite homosexuality being legal.

“There are many like me, even in churches, the fact is that they hide it because of the mentality of the faithful and the community and for their safety,” he explained.

“I feel sorry for people like me who live in fear, they should go out to be heard, because we have to be treated like other people.

Nabonibo, who was born in the captial of Kigali, first opened up about his sexuality in an interview with a Christian YouTube channel, and says he has faced abuse since doing so.

“Some have insulted me, some have called me crazy and some stupid, but there are some who understand me, like my brother who always encouraged me to be who I am,” he said.

“I will live with those who accept me and those who reject me – I know it will be a daily battle.”